The Moral Arc: How Science Makes Us Better People

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Henry Holt and Company, Jan 20, 2015 - Science - 560 pages
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Bestselling author Michael Shermer's exploration of science and morality that demonstrates how the scientific way of thinking has made people, and society as a whole, more moral

From Galileo and Newton to Thomas Hobbes and Martin Luther King, Jr., thinkers throughout history have consciously employed scientific techniques to better understand the non-physical world. The Age of Reason and the Enlightenment led theorists to apply scientific reasoning to the non-scientific disciplines of politics, economics, and moral philosophy. Instead of relying on the woodcuts of dissected bodies in old medical texts, physicians opened bodies themselves to see what was there; instead of divining truth through the authority of an ancient holy book or philosophical treatise, people began to explore the book of nature for themselves through travel and exploration; instead of the supernatural belief in the divine right of kings, people employed a natural belief in the right of democracy.
In The Moral Arc, Shermer will explain how abstract reasoning, rationality, empiricism, skepticism--scientific ways of thinking--have profoundly changed the way we perceive morality and, indeed, move us ever closer to a more just world.

 

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User Review  - bness2 - LibraryThing

Overall an enjoyable and informative book, although Shermer has some obvious biases and some pet ideas that sometimes seem to blind him to other perspectives. Je appears to lean toward the new atheist ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bidwell-Glaze - LibraryThing

The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom, by Michael Shermer, depressed me. His arguments seemed not only to be poorly framed and considered, but to be ... Read full review

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Michael Shermer is the author of Why People Believe Weird Things, The Believing Brain, and eight other books on the evolution of human beliefs and behavior. He is the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, the editor of Skeptic.com, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University. He lives in Southern California.

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